Sackers has appointed well known Suffolk businessman Chris Gray as its chairman to support the business growth plans.
Mr Gray has a wealth of knowledge in the shipping, ports and transport industry, which is a key part of Sackers’ business with its international trade arm.
His 50 years in the sector, combined with his business knowledge, allows him to bring skills and experience to grow Sackers to the next level.
Sackers is expert in processing scrap metal and sorting it into purer groups within ferrous and non-ferrous categories. The goods are sold for recycling to manufacturers. International sales are made up of Rest of World destinations; India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, with EU sales destination as France, Spain and Belgium.
The business has invested heavily in the circular economy over the last decade, with a £3million investment in the region’s only steel shredding plant, shredding items such as whole cars and planes, and more recently a further £1m investment in a copper cable granulating plant.
These investments allow the business to directly export all its products directly from raw material to product back to producer – circular economy at its best.
Joint MD David Dodds said: “We’ve been exporting for about 20 years and initially it was small scale but over the years it’s become a large part of our business.
“Chris is highly experienced in logistics and shipping and will bring us his industry knowledge to give us a competitive edge. He also brings huge amounts of business acumen and this is evident in some of the large corporations he has, and still does work for.
“We are very pleased to have Chris advise and strengthen the Sackers leadership team and his assistance to “navigate the ship” towards our growth plans.”
Mr Gray added: “Sackers is a sound business which is evident from riding COVID and many recessions. I’m honoured to be asked to be chairman to help them with the next steps of growth. There are lots of opportunities that I’m keen to help with and add new knowledge to the board.”